Media Release – Strong Winds…

Organisers of the Egmont A & P Show caught the brunt of strong wind gusts today and are relieved that a ‘fly-away’ bouncy castle was the only serious incident.

Winds gusting 39 – 46 km/hour were reported on the Saturday of the show posing problems for some trade and livestock exhibitors but with clear Health and Safety Plan in place, most problems were avoided. A Health & Safety Officer on site briefed exhibitors and competitors over the Show days and was able to discuss with site owners appropriate safety measures to prevent injury.

Winds peaked at around 12.10pm on Saturday 22nd November and lifted a bouncy castle located on the Western side of the Burnside Ave Showgrounds. The ties anchoring the inflatable worked loose after severe gusts and the 10×6 canvas inflatable left the ground with two children still inside.

With St Johns on-site and a crowd around the site to assist, the castle came to rest in a low lying gully just below the site where the children were assisted to safety by members of the public.

A group of local volunteers and Show President Wayne Bigham quickly assessed the situation and secured the inflatable within minutes.

The children received no serious injuries and Show organisers were grateful for the instant service provided by the medics on site. The pair received bruises and scrapes from their unexpected plight and were able to go home with their parents.

Event Coordinator Celine Filbee said “high winds did not deter the crowds and with trade sites fully booked this year we’ve had good numbers through the gates. We’re grateful for the continuing support of the local businesses and the public and the huge army of volunteers who help make the Show an iconic local event. We’re pleased the children involved in the incident were only shaken but largely unharmed and we’ll be keeping in contact with the family over the next few days”.

For more information please contract
Egmont A & P Secretary
Celine Filbee
PO Box 29
Hawera 4640

Phone (06) 278 8613
0274 540 591

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